• 08:00 - 08:50
      • Registration and refreshments

        Exhibition area

      • 08:50 - 09:00
        • Chair’s opening remarks

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        • 09:00 - 09:15
          • Speaker

            Manuel Arnáiz Ronda – Chairman, Asociación Españolade Túnelesy Obras Subterráneas (AETOS)
          • Asociación Españolade Túnelesy Obras Subterráneas (AETOS)

          Welcome address and overview

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        • 09:20 - 09:55
          • Speaker

            Miguel Fernandez-Bollo – Vice – President, Asociación Españolade Túnelesy Obras Subterráneas (AETOS)
          • Asociación Españolade Túnelesy Obras Subterráneas (AETOS)

          CASE STUDY: AETOS: the state of the tunnelling industry in Spain and future developments and opportunities across the country

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          As representatives of the host nation, the Spanish Tunnels and Underground Works Association’s Vice President, Miguel Fernandez- Bollo, will be offering an overview and insight into the latest tunnelling developments across the country and the role which AETOS plays in promoting research activities in Spain.

        • 09:55 - 10:40
          • Speaker

            Jan-Christian Arms – Head of Infrastructure, European Railway Agency
          • European Railway Agency

          European legislative framework: the current and future development of specifications for infrastructure and tunnel safety

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          • Outlining the role of the ERA in shaping the latest specifications and the implication of these for the underground construction industry

          • Revealing the extent to which specifications have developed over the years and identifying the latest regulatory trends

          • Identifying how specifications in Europe compare to global developments and assessing market leaders

        • 10:40 - 11:15
          • Refreshments and networking break

            Exhibition area

          • 11:15 - 12:00
            • Speaker

              Jenny Yan – Deputy General Manager, China Railway Group Ltd (CREC)
            • China Railway Group Ltd (CREC)

            CASE STUDY: Karst tunnel, China: exploring the latest tunnel design methods for natural disasters through practical examples and assessing the state of the underground construction industry in China

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            • Uncovering the unique characteristics associated with groundwater catchment features in Southwest China and how lessons can be transferred across other projects in the region

            • Understanding the relationship between climatic characteristics, formation lithology, geological structure , topography and geomorphology

            • Revealing future investment opportunities in the region and innovations in the design and construction of tunnels in areas at risk from natural disasters

          • 12:00 - 12:45
            • Speaker

              Colin Tickle – Chairman, UK Society for Trenchless Technologies (UKSTT)
            • UK Society for Trenchless Technologies (UKSTT)

            Unveiling the latest developments in trenchless technologies: repair, renovation, replacement and new installation innovations

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            • Highlighting cutting edge trenchless pipelaying and microtunnelling for new pipeline construction

            • Evaluating the extent of growth in trenchless technology usage in both the construction and civil engineering industry and outlining potential developments in this space

            • Outlining the role of the UKSTT in promoting new technologies and unveiling cutting edge trenchless technologies

            • Uncovering the challenges presented in soft trenchless techniques: ensuring that matters relating to capital, insurance, contracts, materials, and method selection to not stand in the way of the commencement of a particular project

            • Assessing the chemicals available for cleaning, relining, grouting and repairing water, sewer and cable networks

          • 12:45 - 13:00
            • Lunch and Networking

            • 13:00 - 14:30
              • Roundtable Sessions: Delegates will have the opportunity to choose two 45 minute roundtable discussion groups from the below:

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                Roundtable 1 Uncovering the latest investment opportunities in underground construction and challenges faced on a global scale

                Moderator: Fernando Portugués Salgado, Director del Departamento de Instalaciones, GEOCONTROL

                Roundtable 2 Assessing the state of training and competency standards in underground construction across different regions and future revisions

                Roundtable 3 The Geotechnical Baseline Report (GBR): an effective tool for risk management or something to beat the contractor over the head with?

                Moderator: Michael Francis, Project Director, Mott MacDonald Ltd

              • 14:30 - 15:00
                • Refreshments and networking break

                  Exhibition area

                • 15:00 - 15:15
                • CASE STUDY: Latin America: risk analysis-based criteria for design of safety installations in countries with poor safety standards for tunnels

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                  • Revealing how to effectively negotiate complex safety considerations in unique circumstances

                  • Lessons learned in Tunnel security in Europe and its possible application in LATAM

                  • Pinpointing the extent of discrepancies in safety standards and how standards have developed over time

                • 15:30 - 16:15
                  • Speaker

                    Frans Taselaar – Owner, HOMPE & TASELAAR CONSULTANTS AND ENGINEERS, AMSTERDAM

                  CASE STUDY: Underground Multi-System Utility Tunnels, Amsterdam: uncovering cutting edge developments and solutions to problems that exist in conventional urban tunnelling methods

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                  • Successfully reducing road digging costs that involve traffic, road restoration difficulties and safety hazards

                  • Overcoming the initial cost challenges associated with MUTs

                  • How to effectively work with authorities and the importance of successfully co-ordinating with them to ensure that a MUT project is delivered on time and in budget

                  • Uncovering the latest monitoring and control methods for Multi- System Utility Tunnels

                • 16:15 - 16:30
                  • Chair’s closing remarks and end of day one

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